In Tanzania, Tigo launches 4G+

Goodbye to the Slow surfing and the long waiting to download or browse in Tanzania. Welcome to the new digital experience with the 4G+ of  Tigo Tanzania. The international telecommunications and media company Milicom International Cellular SA has officially launched his 4th generation plus network (4G+) last week. The new mobile technology which is going to add a value of change to tanzanians internet users.

The Tigo’s 4G+ is a faster network that reaches the speed of 120 Mbps per second which is twice the speed of the 4G. According to Jerome Albou the chief technical and information officer of Tigo Tanzania, this technology has increased the availability of a fast network for data customers in Tanzania. In fact during the launching ceremony of this network at Dar es Salaam, he said: « we are setting the pace among mobile service providers and catapulting technology to the highest heights of digital offering in the country ».

It is obvious that the Tigo Staff is aware of the high impact of this technology in Tanzania’s telecommunication history. Tarik Boudiaf, the Chief commercial officer of Telecoms company said: «  we are proud that with the launch of 4G+ network, our company has again put Tanzania on a global telecommunications map. We are now competing with the developed nations who are currently rolling out 5G technology ».

For the meantime, the 4G+ is present in only 5 towns: Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Arusha, Moshi and Morogoro. It will be progressively enlarged to the remaining 22 towns which are already using the 4G.

Furthermore, Tigo Tanzania is expecting to attract new customers in order to become the first on telecoms mobile market which is a threat to Vodacom the current number one mobile operator in Tanzania.

The question is: is Vodacom going to take up the challenge or give way to Tigo ?

 

Photo  credit :Tigo

 

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Cameroon: Buzigo startup wants to boost the informal sector through online commerce

With the rise to power of online sales, the informal sector is finding its benefits. In Cameroon, it is Buzigo startup of Martial Nodem, a young technological entrepreneur, which retains the assent of the public. It offers an online trading platform to merchants in the country. As a channel for the exchange of goods and services, Buzigo allows any trader to easily find buyers for his products, and consumers to locate merchants offering products / services of their choice.

Generally, most traders conduct their activities without first considering an analysis of the situation. « In Cameroon as in other countries in Africa, many people (young, old) in search of their daily bread are embarking on a commercial activity (clothing, jewelry, real estate, agriculture, fruit, etc…). The disadvantage of these businesses is that 95% of sellers, did not do a market research and do not control the needs of potential customers by pure ignorance. This leads to a slow growth (decrease) of their turnover », says Martial, Buzigo’s promoter.

Its platform overcomes the difficulties often encountered by merchants in selling their products. With features such as: advertising, SEO articles for sale, online payment channels, it offers merchants the opportunity to sell better to increase their income.

Given that some media like social media and networks are difficult to use, since they cause a waste of time and a huge financial cost for small businesses, Buzigo intends to change the situation by offering services adapted to the needs of its users, according to their financial availability.

Accessible in all the cities of Cameroon, it promotes several categories of offers namely: clothes, accessories, motorcycles, cars, household appliances, electronics, food, agricultural equipment and many others.

Buzigo also targets non-connected users through a search service of merchants or customers developed in partnership with the Orange mobile operator. They can find information and get in touch with customers or sellers from their mobile devices, via a messaging system for a fee of 50 CFA francs. A USSD code is used for this purpose.

 

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Uganda will manufacture smartphones for Africa

Ugandan Ashish Thakkar starts making smartphones for African countries. After having loved and adopted smart phones from Asia, Europe and others, Africa is also planning to present its range of good quality and cheap.

Two smartphones called Mara X and Mara Z will enter the market by the second quarter of 2018, probably from next April. They will be « cheap, of good quality and very efficient » and designed to meet African needs.

These two phones will offer cream of creams of all that exists as the latest news from Google. The YouTube Go and Facebook Lite apps are sure to please these devices.

« At the moment, Africans have to choose between a quality phone and a phone they can afford. However, with access to the internet and some practical applications, a smartphone can create jobs and enable innovation. Beyond the creation and consumption of content, a smartphone can increase the GDP of sub-Saharan Africa, « said Ashish Thakkar.

The entrepreneur continues by giving the example of the dazzling success of mobile money. « Take a look at the adoption of mobile money in Africa and imagine the opportunity for this continent to progress through the use of mobile technology, » he added.

According to the World Association of Mobile Operators (GSMA) in its report « The Mobile Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa », said that mobile phones have generated an income of 110 billion in 2016, about 7.7 per cent of the subregion’s GDP.

 

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Ghana : Everyone needs 3G

The 3G connection will no longer be the privilege of certain targeted areas. Everyone will be able to access it, starting with the landlocked areas or poorly covered in mobile network. This was decided by the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana. It will only remain for mobile operators to play their roles.

Joe Anokye, the CEO of the NCA, reassured that 3G technology will allow companies especially to be more efficient and benefit from attractive rates. « We will promote digital inclusion in Ghana. This will result in maximum use of the spectrum and an improved and consistent telecom experience that will reduce blackheads of 3G coverage, « he said. The deployment of the 3G network could cover large areas and thus allow a large number of consumers to remain connected.

With a population of about 26 million, Ghana has 6 telecom operators (all multinationals) who share the market. MTN (48.92%), Vodafone (21.86%), Tigo (14.35%), Airtel (12.54%), GLO (2.06%) and Expresso %).

 

Buses equipped with Wi-Fi

In Congo-Brazzaville,  Bolloré Group brought a revolution not least in the daily life of the inhabitants. For several months already the electric buses « Blue Congo » of Bolloré are equipped with free Wi-Fi. An innovative concept that dors note go unnoticed !

This is an answer to the problem of connectivity especially in these times where Internet users have trouble to disconnect. With their tickets of 150 XOF, passengers have the possibility of surfing free on the Internet. They are air-conditioned and contain only ten places. Public transport in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire has never been practical.

« I left my office for a break and I have not disconnected from my suppliers thanks to this free internet, in addition to good quality, as soon as I connected to the wifi network », entrusted a passenger to the newspaper Dépêches de Brazzaville.

Ecolos in addition, these cars are 100% electric. Otherwise, they contribute to the protection of the ozone layer and emit almost no engine noise.

A project that should inspire other countries.

Ivory Coast: MTN foundation offers 200 computers to 20 schools

 Digitization of the educational space in Africa is underway. MTN network, in that framework has offered 200 desktops computers and free internet connection to 20 private educational institutions. These beneficiary institutions were selected on the basis of their results last year (up to 70% success rate – at the end of 2016-2017 examinations).

All the beneficiaries have received 10 desktop computers in addition to free internet connection by committing to set up a multimedia room furnished and secured and to have staff qualified for its management. This donation from the MTN foundation based in Ivory Coast is in line with the « Génération numérique » program, which has so far enabled the development of a total of 138 establishments. The National Center for Scientific Materials in Cocody served as the setting for the delivery of computer equipment.

EKRA Eliane, representative of the president of the MTN Côte d’Ivoire Foundation, stated that the 20 schools each will benefit from 10 computers and free internet connection for a two-year period at a total of 72 million francs CFA. She hoped that these schools would use these tools « to assist the digital education of students who are the primary beneficiaries ».

The MTN Ivory Coast Foundation has as its battleground the installation of multimedia rooms connected to the Internet in order to contribute to the digital development in the Ivorian school. She is also involved in the training of multimedia room managers in schools. The objective is to accompany the policy of integration of Information and Communication Technologies in the education system, to form a « Generation Numérique » of young leaders acquired at NICT.

Enterprise Africa Summit is an international meeting of entrepreneurs organized annually by the British Council Ghana. The curtains have fallen on this year’s edition which goes straight into the annals of history.The Summit, which took place from the 22nd to the 24th March, was marked by panels led by seasoned entrepreneurs, a panel of discussion on Africa’s competitiveness in the global digital economy with MainOne and CERTGhana and Women in technology, Entrepreneurship & innovation session.

Its objective is to bring together business leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to explore the role of entrepreneurship in building sustainable and resilient economies in Africa.The « TedX Innovative Ideas » competition organized during these two days of meetings was a golden pitcher opportunity for the participants to talk about their business ideas in a short space of time. At the end, 5 finalists were selected and awarded.

« What I can say is that the Anglophones are very dynamic and there are plenty of business opportunities; In addition to their mindset, they understood that school as we know is not the most important; failure does not exist, it is in fact a process of life and whatever one seeks, one will become successful but on condition of being determined … One must dream big and absolutely not give oneself « Said Pio Tchedou, Togo’s ambassador to the summit and manager of Limpio Studio. The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

 

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Kenya: Peugeot carmaker ready to assemble vehicles

The French group Peugeot PSA has just formalized its return to Kenya through the signing of an agreement with Urysia to begin the assembly work of vehicles by June 2017. A ceremony that took place under the eyes of the French Minister of Economy and Finance Michel Sapin and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday.
The factory, which will be modest in size, will first assemble the Peugeot 508 and not forget the brand new SUV Peugeot 3008. The company Peugeot PSA and Urysia has  imported the Peugeot brand since 2010 in the country. This time, they aim « an annual volume of more than 1,000 units to cover the needs of the Kenyan market » according to a press release  of this society.

Referring to the assembly of Peugeot vehicles in Kenya between 1974 and 2002, Uhuru Kenyatta  welcomed the return of the car manufacturer to his country. « Peugeot vehicles have always been tough, durable and reliable, and we are proud of their return home, » he said.

It should be noted that this establishment in Kenya, according to the leaders of the group, is part of a strategy whose purpose is to sell one million vehicles by 2025 in Africa and the Middle East. Other countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Iran are the next targets  of the French group. The carmaker recently launched vehicle assembly plants in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

NIGERIA: Tuteria to learn online

A mathematics teacher Godwin Benson has launched an e-learning platform called Tuteria. This virtual space brings together experienced teachers and students. Some, seeking to share knowledge and others, anxious to know.

Tutors are selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in teaching and, of course, their ability to pass on knowledge. Tutoring is tailored to the school curriculum and offers additional courses for students at the right pace.

According to site designer Godwin Benson, his intention was to « build a platform that reliably connects people who seek to learn anything with those who live around them and can teach them what » They want to learn at affordable prices. « 

Godwin Benson is the first graduate-class engineering systems from the University of Lagos. He was one of the top five winners of Microsoft’s Passion Empire campaign, held in April this year at InterContinental Hotel in Lagos-Nigeria.

The site: tuteria.com has courses in Math, Biology, Business and Commerce; cooked; music.